How to make walking fun

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10 ways to add fun to your walk

Walking in your house or outside is the easy way to get some exercise these days

With social distancing in place, walking alone is the new pattern. Here are 10 ways to add fun to your walk.

  1. Vary your stride- take high steps, long steps or walk sideways
  2. Do arm circles as you walk
  3. Pick bird, plant or tree as a topic and try to identify as many as you can on your walk
  4. Add in random exercises: squats, toe raises, lunges, tree or fence push ups
  5. Whistle or hum random tunes 
  6. Stop and shake your whole body to release tension 
  7. Pump your arms like you are running fast
  8. Breath- long slow deep breaths
  9. Look for beauty in your surroundings
  10. Try walking mediation- focus your mind on your feet and how each step feels 

 

Get creative and add fun to your walking by looking around and enjoying the beauty around you

No matter what you do get outside when you can, exercise in fresh air is good for your mental health. Walk around your house or all of these ideas can be done walking in place to music of your choice. Self care is not optional, it is critical to your overall health.

 

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The Truth about Exercise

Do you love to exercise? Are you motivated to exercise? Or do you dread exercise as something you should do? Do you think if you exercise you can eat anything you want? Guess again. Here are the hidden truths about exercise you need to know.

 

 

The truth about exercise: Your current motivation is based on your past

It turns our that your past relationship with exercise has everything to do with what motivates you to exercise now.

Michelle Segar has made a study of the science of motivation with exercise. Her simple advice makes sense. ” Take any and every opportunity to move, in any way possible, at what ever speed you like, for any amount of time. Do what make you feel good; stop doing what makes you feel bad.”

 The truth about exercise: You cannot outrun your fork.

No amount of exercise will allow you to eat junk food, high processed foods and sugar filled drinks. So give up the idea that exercise will allow you to eat anything you want.

The truth about exercise: Exercise has to be something you like to do

When you think of exercise as a chore or something you must accomplish it becomes easy to avoid it or give it a low priority. What motivates people is to choose things we like to do, that make us feel good.

Exercise is just the way you keep you body in shape so you can enjoy all the things you want to do in life. You only get one body. You cannot trade it in like a used car.

Exercise is not running on a treadmill until you are miserable. Exercise is any activity that elevates your heart rate and gets you moving. If you don’t like exercise, find an activity that you do like. Here are some ideas:

Dance at a club or in your own home to favorite tunes

Take a class – try something you have never done before

Hike/ walk. Walk to do your errands

Gardening or yard work-

Play ball or catch with your dog, kids or friends

Clean out a closet or your garage

Play outside- remember how we did that as kids?

Shoot baskets- you don’t have to be good at it

The truth about exercise is to be creative and have fun moving.

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